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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 2, 2014.

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 13:49:29
ARB Newsclips for July 2, 2014. 

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Gas station event to decry law's 'hidden tax.'  Business and
political leaders plan to gather at a Coffee Road gas station
Wednesday to call attention to a state law they say will
significantly raise pump prices early next year. Organized by the
California Independent Oil Marketers Association, the "Fed Up at
the Pump" event is expected to criticize rules geared toward
reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by
2020, as required by 2006's landmark Assembly Bill 32. Posted.


EPA Seeks to Reduce Landfills’ Methane Emissions. The EPA has
proposed updates to its air standards for new municipal solid
waste landfills that would require certain landfills to capture
additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane,
a potent greenhouse gas. The agency also is seeking public
feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing
landfills. Posted.

Wal-Mart Among Companies Fined for Selling Products That Create
Too Much Pollution. Hair care company Bumble and Bumble and
Wal-Mart are among the companies fined by the California Air
Resources Board for selling products that create too much
pollution.  Spokesman Antonio Leaks says they settled some 20
cases in the second half of 2013 involving air-quality
violations. Posted.


Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit. NASA’s new
spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere
reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. The $468 million Orbiting Carbon
Observatory-2 mission had to be put off when Tuesday’s launching
attempt was halted with just 46 seconds left in the countdown.

China’s Hurdle to Fast Action on Climate Change. When the
Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules
to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American
political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the
country’s carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic
growth. But a more relevant discussion was taking place some
7,000 miles away. Posted.


1969: A Warning on Global Warming. This feature looks at the
first time famous names or terms appeared in The Times. Have an
idea for someone or something you would like to read about? Send
a suggestion in the comments section. The world was chock-full of
man-made conflagrations in 1969 Posted.

Climate Change Joins Lions and Livestock in an Unlikely
Partnership. The rolling sea of long, golden grasses that
characterize Africa’s savannas serve not only as representations
of the unique ecosystems of this expansive continent but also as
symbols of a quietly but precisely balanced climate. Posted.


California struggles to manage water rights in drought. Six weeks
after ordering thousands of California water users to stop
diverting from rivers and streams amid the worst drought in a
generation, state officials say only 31 percent have bothered to
respond by sending back the required forms. Now, their efforts to
force the rest to comply are prompting threats of lawsuits and
economic chaos. Posted.

Managing our water: Tips, regulations and sources for keeping
California wet. As California officials struggles to develop
strategies and approaches for conserving water for residents and
companies in the state parched by another year of drought, other
government entities as well as individuals have taken steps to
reduce water consumption. Here are many resources geared toward
ensuring we don’t go totally dry before the rains return. Posted.


Renewables to Get Most of $7.7 Trillion Power Investments. 
(Corrects to say $2.5 trillion not billion in the last paragraph.
Also corrects dateline.) Renewable energy may reap as much as
two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for
building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more
competitive with fossil fuels. About half of the investment will
be in Asia, the region where power capacity will grow the

Hackers Find Open Back Door to Power Grid With Renewables. 
Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability
to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals
can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart
meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals
through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer
security experts advising governments and utilities. Posted.

Georgia Coal-to-Solar Pivot Shows the Way on Climate Regs.
Georgia small-business owner Julian Smith keeps hearing that the
Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up
local electric bills. He doesn’t believe the prediction, but he
isn’t arguing: The fears are doing wonders for his solar-panel
installation company. “My phone is blowing up with new
customers,” Smith, owner of SolarSmith LLC of Savannah, said in
an interview. Posted.

Oil-producing Iran looks to solar to light future. In this
village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran,
government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes
provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts
by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and
nuclear power. President Hassan Rouhani's government has
quintupled its spending on solar power projects…Posted. 

US gives conditional backing for Cape Wind project. The U.S.
Department of Energy announced Tuesday it has conditionally
committed to a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind's
proposed energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. Company
President Jim Gordon said the announcement represents an
"important endorsement" by the federal government as Cape Wind
seeks to attract the remaining private capital needed to get the
estimated $2.6 billion project…Posted.

Energy investments face a changing climate.  The opening bell has
sounded for investors concerned about climate change. Businesses
have started creating renewable energy financing mechanisms as
ways to address climate change, a trend that's underscored by a
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report
that said the increasing risks to investors and financial
institutions dependent on fossil fuels…Posted.

Rooftop solar advances cloud the appeal of utility bonds –
analysts. The outlook for rooftop solar units and household
storage batteries in this decade is promising enough to add a new
element of investment risk to high-grade utility industry bonds,
according to an analysis by Barclays Credit Research. "We are not
calling for the elimination of electric utilities, but believe
the combination of cost competitive solar and storage could alter
the current business model…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060002262/print BY


China Sees Long Road to Cleaning Up Pollution.  A trickle of
statements from Chinese leaders in recent months have given hope
to some residents of Beijing and other smog-choked Chinese cities
that they might regularly breathe clean air within a few years.
Prime Minister Li Keqiang in March declared a “war against
pollution,” for instance. But China Daily, an official
English-language newspaper…Posted.

Listening to GOP on climate change. Let’s hope that the words of
former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators
William Ruckelshaus, Lee Thomas, William K. Reilly and Christine
Todd Whitman did not fall on deaf ears on Capitol Hill (“GOP EPA
chiefs: Act on climate,” June 19). Let’s hope that those who
listened came away with respect for their courage. Let’s hope
that those legislators who still object to President Obama’s
carbon-reduction efforts consider an alternate route…Posted.

Duke Energy reduces emissions, fuel use with coal-plant
locomotive. Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station is already using
the first of four high-efficiency, low-emission locomotives the
Charlotte-based utility is buying to haul coal at power plants.
Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric
locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine
emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants.

Red, White, and Renewable. According to the Energy Information
Administration, the U.S. has an energy grid in transition. While
uncertainty remains concerning the continuation of the federal
tax subsidy programs for renewable energy, there is no doubt
wind, solar, hydro, and even nuclear power should continue to
play a growing part in America's energy production equation.

Key Republicans: Solving Climate Change More Important Now Than
Ever. By now, everyone has heard that unmitigated climate change
can lead to ice caps melting, sea levels rising and heat waves
escalating. But the world is just now starting to listen to major
national Republicans who are pleading with their party’s current
leaders to accept the phenomenon as real and to help shape an
outcome. Posted.

BNEF: Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power
Investments. Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new
headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across
the world – they’re only going to keep increasing. Renewable
energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new
power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions
expected over the next 15 years…Posted.

Nissan quietly, quickly installing more CHAdeMO stations.  Nissan
Leaf electric-vehicle sales continue to grow. And the number of
US fast-charging stations that the Leaf can use are growing,
well, faster. As it should be. Nissan has made good on its
early-2013 vow to help ensure that the number of CHAdeMO stations
in the US tripled by mid-2014, with Atlanta, San Francisco, Los
Angeles and Dallas emerging as the most prevalent US markets,
Green Car Reports says. Posted.

Recharge Wrap-up.  California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)
stands, as the Supreme Court rejects oil and ethanol companies'
request to review a previous ruling upholding the plan. LCFS
would reduce carbon in California's transportation fuels by 10
percent by 2020. Earlier, California's Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals upheld LCFS, when Big Oil and Ethanol claimed the plan
was discriminatory toward out-of-state companies. Posted.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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